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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

CSM Preview: It's an Emergency

Published February 4, 2011 8:00 AM by Danielle Bullen

by Lisa Lombardo

Are PTs handy to have around in an emergency? Increasingly you are; many hospitals are now considering their PT and rehab departments as capable and reliable partners in delivering emergency care. But making inroads into expanding the use of therapists in ED care can be challenging.

Traditional ED providers and even many PTs have limited understanding of how therapists may provide expertise in this setting. If you already work in an ED setting or want to gain more experience in how to work with ED doctors in emergency care, the Acute Care Section is sponsoring "Emergency Department Physical Therapist Service: Removing Barriers and Building Bridges" on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the conference. 

The course aims to provide an overview of ED PT services, summarize supportive evidence, describe program development efforts, and illustrate examples in which services have resulted in improved interdisciplinary patient management. The goal is to help the profession overcome barriers to connecting traditional and physical therapist enhanced ED care. The discussion will focus on better explaining the role PT consultation may play in improving care provided in the ED setting. Those PTs already working in ED care will describe various models of ED PT practice being used by existing U.S. programs. And if your facility is looking to establish a new or better ED PT program, get some answers at this interesting session.


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